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Howard Beach man convicted in Woodhaven sex assault

| mhayes@queenscourier.com

A Howard Beach man has been convicted following a sexual assault earlier this year.

Richard Kassebaum, 42, was working at a Woodhaven laundromat in March when he approached a female patron at about 4:30 a.m. as she exited the store, grabbed her from behind and choked her. Kassebaum then grabbed the victim’s buttocks, and after she screamed, he fled the location, according to trial testimony.

“[Kassebaum] poses a serious threat to public safety and, under the circumstances, a significant prison sentence is more than warranted,” said District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

The “sexual predator” was convicted on Thursday, August 1 on first and third-degree sexual abuse and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. The charges followed a one-week jury trial before the borough Supreme Court.

Video surveillance from the laundromat revealed Kassebaum inside the establishment, then standing in the parking lot as the victim left. Kassebaum was then seen walking behind the woman and following her onto Woodhaven Boulevard. Video footage shortly afterwards shows Kassebaum running back and reentering the laundromat, said Brown.

Sentencing is scheduled for Thursday, August 15. Kassebaum, who has been held in jail in lieu of a $50,000 bail, faces up to seven years in prison.



DA: Case against Forest Park attempted rape suspect put on hold

| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

The suspect arrested in connection with an attempted rape in Forest Park will not be tried — at least for now — according to the district attorney.

Richard Kassebaum of Lindenwood was arrested on Tuesday, April 2 after it was reported he matched the description of a suspect who tasered a jogger four days earlier.

“We’ve deferred prosecution pending further investigation,” said a DA spokesperson.

But this could still leave the possibility that Kassebaum, who reportedly is charged with sexual assault from a separate incident, can be recharged in the Forest Park attack.

On Friday, March 29 the victim was running along the park’s horse trail around 7:30 p.m. when a suspect tasered her, police said. She was then pulled into the woods where the suspect attempted to rape her, but the victim was able to break free.

The 23-year-old was taken to the hospital and treated for head and neck injuries.

Park security was increased following the incident and police presence was felt in the days after the attack.